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India firm on nuclear energy development: PM

Manmohan Singh says the oil bill will put an unbearable burden on the economy and nuclear sources will fulfil the country's energy needs.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2007 16:45 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said the oil import bill will put an unbearable burden on the Indian economy and nuclear energy would play an important role in addressing the country's energy needs.

"Currently, the total domestic production of oil by Indian companies is less than one-third of the consumption. As we know, oil and gas reserves in India are quite limited," Singh said after laying the foundation stone of ONGC's new building in New Delhi.

The oil import bill, he said, "will put an unbearable burden on our economy."

"These facts compel us to think of a new strategy to deal with the rising energy demand," the PM said, adding that nuclear and solar sources can play an important role in addressing energy security needs.

"Our government is committed to the development of nuclear energy," he said.